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Translation Differences FAQ by Gouki of Borg
Version: 2.0 | Updated: 08/08/09
Table of Contents: -------------------- I. Introduction II. Version History III. General Differences IV. Name Changes a. Characters b. Character Classes c. Items d. MAGI/Hihou e. Weapons f. Spells g. Armor h. Monsters i. Monster/Esper skills j. Jukebox Tracks V. Closing Remarks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- I. Introduction -------------------------- In December 1990, Squaresoft released an RPG for the Gameboy titled "SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu", which roughly translates to "SaGa 2: Legend of the Relics". This was the sequel to Makaitoushi SaGa ("Demon World Tower SaGa), released on Gameboy a year earlier in 1989. Later releases in the series include the Japan-only Romancing SaGas (Super Nintendo), SaGa Frontier and SaGa Frontier 2 for Playstation, and Unlimited SaGa for Playstation 2. SaGa 2 came to US shores in October 1991, but under a different title. Like its predecessor, it was renamed, becoming "Final Fantasy Legend II" to cash in on the more well-known Final Fantasy title. This explains why the FFL games are so different in gameplay from the mainstream FF series-they weren't FF games to begin with. And as is usually the case with the translation of games from Japanese to English, the US version ended up with some subtle but interesting differences from the original Japanese. This FAQ is here to document those differences. A remake of SaGa 2 for the Nintendo DS is slated for release in September 2009. For translations of some key scenes from the game, check out Niahak's excellent walkthrough FAQ. But first, a word of warning: I strongly recommend you complete the game before reading on, as there are blatant spoilers ahead. Then again, the game is over 13 years old, and I'm pretty sure most of the people interested in this kind of information have already beaten the game multiple times. I thought I'd mention it just in case. II. Version History --------------------------- Version 1.0 (4/10/04) First release. Other than a few names I couldn't translate and the Monster/Esper skill list, the FAQ is complete. One or two updates will probably be forthcoming after that if I get any new information, or if anyone can help me out with the few translations I was stuck on. Version 1.5 (7/27/09) Bit of a time gap there, eh? Added everything missing from the initial release, most notably Esper/Monster skills. Made some important additions and corrections. Changed the format a bit so notes get their own column for easy reference. Now this thing is actually finished. Version 2.0 (8/4/09) The "extra column for notes" format ends up making the file too wide, so I've gone back to footnotes. The good news is, tags are provided so you can jump right to the corrosponding note with CTRL+F. A number of romanization errors were brought to my attention, and those have also been fixed. A few additions/corrections, including the enemy Moaner originally being "Mourn Blade" and background information for the enemy Storm Bringer. III. General Differences ---------------------------- Gameplay-wise, SaGa 2 and FFL2 are identical. If there are any differences in that area, I have yet to find them. The only differences are a few graphic changes and a ton of character/item/enemy name changes. Some general differences: -MAGI is called Hihou, or Relics. -GP is called Kero -The Cafes are called Pubs, and the Cafe's coffee cup sign is instead a simple sign that reads 'PUB'. Note that this is the same sign found on the Pubs in FFL. -Because the Japanese writing system allows you to write more in less space (for example, Katana takes only three characters to write in Japanese but six in English), the full names for items are written out and there are no icons telling you what type of item it is. -What little swearing existed in the Japanese version was removed in translation. -The whole plot with Dad and Lynn was oddly translated in FFL2. The reason your hero is upset upon finding Dad at Lynn's house after defeating Dunatis is because (s)he overhears Lynn's mother referring to Lynn as "your daughter" when talking to Dad. Your character concludes that Dad had simply walked out on your mother all those years ago, and the real reason he couldn't come home was because he was having an affair with Lynn's mother. Of course, we later find out that Dad was just acting as Lynn's father while her real dad was away on a mission. This explains the main character's awkward silence when you find Dad in the Guardian's base, and why Dad says, "...we'll talk about it later" when you hit the B button with him in your party. The main character's guilt following Dad's apparent death ("I was so harsh to him...") is over the fact that (s)he doubted his/her father's integrity. It seems like they tried to convey all this in the US version, but due to the awkward translation job and Nintendo's desire to avoid the whole 'affair' aspect, that subplot comes off as unclear in the version we got. -Taro/Ronin is portrayed as a man of few words in the Japanese version, particularly before he reveals that he is a Guardian. (He talks in brief sentences...with many ellipses...) -Remember the student in Taro/Ronin's classroom in Edo who says something like "HELLO, I AM LEARNING TO SPEAK ENGLISH"? In the Japanese version, he says "Purisu donto purei disu geimu" in katakana, which means, if you say it aloud, "Please don't play this game" in English. Reverse psychology, perhaps? -I'm sure everyone saw this one coming. The bananas being smuggled into Edo were originally opium. Further proof that Nintendo's censorship can produce some strange results. The translators apparently intended for this to be ridiculous, since one townsperson in Edo actually wonders why Bananas would be illegal. -In the ending of the NA version, the hero and family set out to find the Lost Ark. In the original, they went searching for the Three Imperial Treasures (the sword, the mirror, and the jewel). An appropriate bit of localization, given Dad's has-to-be-intentional resemblance to Indiana Jones. Their cameo therefore makes more sense in the Japanese SaGa 3, where the three items needed to forge the Kusanagi Sword (translated as Emperor Sword in FFL3) are the Three Imperial Treasures (they give you the "sword"). IV. Name Changes ----------------------------- a. Characters FFL2 SaGa 2 Trans ----- ------- ------ Mr. S Sensei Teacher Ki KAI Kai Mask Fukumen Mask Lynn RIN Lynn/Lin Dad Chichioya Dad Hana Otama Otama Taro ROONIN Ronin Isis Megami Goddess Flora ORIBIA Olivia Nills YURIUSU Julius Leon ANTONII Antony Kame Denpachi Denpachi b. Character Classes FFL2 SaGa 2 Trans ------ ------ ------ Human M Ningen Otoko Human Man Human F Ningen Onna Human Woman Mutant M ESUPAABOI Esper Boy Mutant F ESUPAAGYAARU Esper Girl Robot MEKA Mech Slime SURAIMU Slime Baby-D MINIDORAGON Minidragon Imp Tsukaima Servant Demon/Familiar c. Items FFL2 SaGa 2 Trans ----- ------ ------ Cure POOSHON Potion X-Cure HAIPOOSHON Hi Potion Elixier ERIKUSAA Elixer Eyedrop Megusuri Eyedrop Curse Juujika Cross Soft Kin no Hari Gold Needle Body Karada no Moto Body Source Power Chikara no Moto Power Source Speed Subayasa no Moto Agility Source Magic Maryoku no Moto Magic Source Door DOA Door Selfix Jikoshuufuku Self Repair Speedup Kasokussouchi Accelerator Tent KOTEJI Cottage Micron Chiisakunaare "Let's Become Small" [Credit: Niahak] Key Gesui no Kagi Sewer Key d. MAGI/Hihou FFL2 SaGa 2 Trans ----- ------- ------ Power Chikara no MAGI Power Magi Speed Tsubayasa no MAGI Agility Magi Mana Maryoku no MAGI Magic Magi Defense Bougyo no MAGI Defense Magi Fire Honoo no MAGI Flame Magi Thunder Inadzuma no MAGI Thunder Magi Ice Kaori no MAGI Ice Magi Poison Doku no MAGI Poison Magi Prism Seirei no Kagami Spirit Mirror TrueEye Shinjitsu no Me Eye of Truth Aegis IIJISU no Tate Aegis Shield Pegasus Tenshi no Tsubasa Angel's Wings Masamune MASAMUNE Masamune Heart Megami no Shinzou Goddess' Heart e. Weapons FFL2 SaGa 2 Trans ----- ------- ------- Long Sword RONGUSOODO Long Sword Rapier REIPIA Rapier Battle Sword Seiryu Tou Seiryu Sword Katana Katana Katana Sabre SAABERU Saber Gold Sword MISURIRUSOODO Mithril Sword Laser Sword RAITOSEEBA Lightsaber Flame Sword FUREIMUSOODO Flame Sword Ice Sword AISUBURANDO Ice Brand Coral Sword Sango no Tsurugi Coral Sword Dragon Sword DORAGONSOODO Dragon Sword Defend Sword DEIFENDAA Defender Sun Sword SANBUREIDO Sun Blade Xcaliber EKUSUKARIBAA Excaliber Glass Sword GURASUSOODO Glass Sword Muramas Muramasa Muramasa [weap1] Revenge Sword Urami no Tsurugi Grudge Sword Vampic Sword BURADOSOODO Blood Sword Seven Sword Shichishi Tou Seven-Branched Sword [weap2] Axe BATORUAKUSU Battle Axe Ogre Axe OOGAKIRAA Ogre Killer Thunder Axe SANDAAAKUSU Thunder Axe Rune Axe RUUNAKUSU Rune Axe Psi Sword SAIKOSOODO Psycho Sword Whip MUCHI Whip Blitz Whip Dengiki MUCHI Electric Shock Whip Psi Dagger SAIKODAGAA Psycho Dagger Catclaw NEKO no TSUME Cat Claw Bow Yumi Bow Gold Bow MISURIRU no Yumi Mithril Bow Samurai Bow Yoichi no Yumi Yoichi's Bow Colt DERINJA Derringer Stungun SUTANGAN Stungun Musket Hinawaju Matchlock SMG SABUMACHINGAN Submachine Gun Magnum 44MAGUNAMU .44 Magnum Fire Gun Kaenhoushaki Flamethrower Psi Gun SAIKOGAN Psycho GUn Laser Gun BIIMURAIFURU Beam Rifle Bazooka BAZUUKA Bazooka Tank REPARUTO2 Leopard 2 [weap3] Vulcan Cannon BARUKAN Hou Vulcan Cannon Missile MISAIRU Missile Hyper Cannon Hadou Hou Wave Cannon Gungnir Spear GANGUNIRU no YARI Gungnir Spear Hammer BATORUHAMAA Battle Hammer Sypha Jitte Jitte [weap4] Abacus Aku no Soroban Abacus of Evil Chainsaw CHEENSOO Chainsaw Rocket ROKKETOPANCHI Rocket Punch Coin Nagesen Coin Throw [weap5] Grenade Shuryuudan Hand Grenade NukeBomb Kakubakudan Nuclear Bomb Punch PANCHI Punch Kick KIKKU Kick Headbut Sandanduki Triple Strike Counter KUROSUKAUNTAA Cross Counter Temptat Nagashime Flirtatious Glance X-Kick Tobihizageri Jumping Knee Kick Jyudo YAMAARASHI Yama Arashi [weap6] Karate Jigoku Guruma Jigoku Guruma [weap7] Mage Staff Majutsu no Tsue Sorcery Staff Wizard Staff Madoushi no Tsue Wizard's Staff Heal Staff Iyashi no Tsue Healing Staff [weap1]: The Muramasa is a sword forged by a skilled but insane blacksmith. His bloodlust is said to have been imparted to the sword. [weap2]: The Seven-Branched sword is a Japanese national treasure. It is a sword with six branch-like protrusions from the main blade, most likely used for ceremonial purposes. It is currently housed in the Isonokami Shrine in the Nara Prefucture. [weap3]: Leopard 2 is a type of German tank. [weap4]: A jitte is a truncheon-like weapon used by police in the Edo period. In this case it is a reference to fictional Edo detective Zenigata Heiji, who used such a weapon. The coins that appear in its attack animation are also a Zenigata reference - see below. [weap5]: The coin throw is a reference to fictional Edo detective Zenigata Heiji, who caught criminals by throwing coins at them. [weap6]: Lit. "Mountain Storm", a shoulder throw in Judo. [weap7]: Lit. "Hell Wheel", a Judo throw in which one grabs the opponent, rolls onto their back, and throws. Ryu and Ken use this in Street Fighter. f. Spells FFL2 SaGa 2 Trans ----- ------- ------ Fire Book FAIA no Sho Fire Book Thunder Book SANDAA no Sho Thunder Book Ice Book BURIZADO no Sho Blizzard Book Fog Book KURAUDA no Sho Clouder Book Sleep Book SURIPU no Sho Sleepel Book Prayer Book Nenbutsu no Hon Prayer Book Stone Book BUREIKU no Sho Break Book Death Book DESU no Sho Death Book Cure Book KEARU no Sho Cure Book Flare Book FUREA no Sho Flare Book g. Armor FFL2 SaGa 2 Trans ---- ------ ----- Bronze Helm BURONZU Kabuto Bronze Helmet Silver Helm GOORUDO Kabuto Gold Helmet Gold Helm MISURIRU Kabuto Mithril Helmet Army Helm ARAI no METTO Arai Helm [arm1] Giant Helm Kyojin no Kabuto Giant's Helmet Dragon Helm SAAKURETTO Circlet Bronze Armor BURONZUAAMAA Bronze Armor Silver Armor GOORUDOAAMAA Gold Armor Gold Armor MISURIRUAAMAA Mithril Armor Kimono Kimono Kimono Army Armor AAMAABESUTO Armor Vest Giant Armor Kyojin AAMAA Giant Armor Battle Armor BATORUSUUTSU Battle Suit Arthur Armor Kanu no Yoroi Guan Yu's Armor [arm2] Parasuit PAWAADOSUUTSU Powered Suit Bronze Glove BURONZU no Kote Bronze Gauntlet Silver Glove GOORUDO no Kote Gold Gauntlet Gold Glove MISURIRU no Kote Mithril Gauntlet Giant Glove Kyojin no Kote Giant's Gauntlet Ninja Glove Genji no Kote Genji's Gauntlet Bronze Shield BURONZU no Tate Bronze Shield Silver Shield GOORUDO no Tate Gold Shield Gold Shield MISURIRU no Tate Mithril Shield Flame Shield Honoo no Tate Flame Shield Ice Shield AISUSHIIRUDO Ice Shield Samurai Shld Shirahadori Shirahadori [arm3] Dragon Shield DORAGON no Tate Dragon Shield Geta Shoes Tetsu Geta Iron Geta [arm4] Hermes Shoes ERUMESU no Kutsu Hermes' Shoes Hecate Shoes Koumei no Kutsu Kong Ming's Shoes [arm5] [arm1]: Arai is a brand of Japanese motorcycle helmet. [arm2]: Guan Yu was a general in China's Three Kingdoms period, and a paragon of strength and virtue. The comparison to King Arthur is therefore appropriate. [Credit: Alex Jackson & Niahak] [arm3]: Shiradori is a technique in which one catches the opponent's blade between their hands. [arm4]: Geta are large wooden Japanese sandals. [arm5]: AKA Zhuge Liang, Kong Ming was another figure from the Three Kingdoms period. Folklore associates him with Taoism-based magic powers, such as summoning the wind. He is roughly analagous to Merlin. [Credit: Alex Jackson & Niahak] Hecate, on the other hand, was a Greek "mother goddess" who is considered in modern times to be a goddess of witches. h. Monsters FFL2 SaGa 2 Trans ---- ------- ------ Fungus Enokimodoki Enokimodoki [mons1] Mushroom Shiitakemodoki Shiitake Champgno Shimejimodoki Shimejimodoki Shiitake Maitakemodoki Maitakemodoki Toadstol Matsutakemodoki Matsutakemodoki Flower Jinmenka Jinmenka [mons2] P-Flower Doku no Hana Poison Flower F-Flower FAIAFURAWA Fire Flower Sunplant SANFURAWA Sunflower DarkRose BURAKKUROOZU Black Rose MapleMan RAIBUOOKU Live Oak LiveOrk SEKOIA Sequoia EvilPine TORENTO Treant MadCedar Joumonsugi Joumon Cedar [mons3] Treant YUGUDORASHIRU Yggdrasil Pebble PEBURU Pebble Cobble SUTOON Stone Boulder ROKKU Rock Rock BOORUDAA Boulder Earth AASU Earth Woodman Bokujin Woodman Clayman Nendojin Clayman Stoneman SUTOONGOOREMU Stone Golem Ironman Tetsujin Iron Man Mazin Daimajin Daimajin [mons4] Hofud DURANDAARU Durandal [mons5] Gae Bolg KARADOBORUGU Caladbolg [mons5] Answerer ANSARAA Answerer [mons5] Moaner MOONBUREEDO Mourn Blade [mons5] Kusanagi SUTOOMBURINGU Storm Bring [mons5] Slime GURIINSURAIMU Green Slime Jelly IEROOJERII Yellow Jelly Tororo Ao Tororo Blue Tororo [mons6] Pudding BURAKKUPURIN Black Pudding SlimeGod SUUPAASURAIMU Super Slime Worm MIMIZU Earthworm P-Worm Doku MIMIZU Poison Earthworm LavaWorm RAABAUOOMU Lava Worm Sandworm SANDOUOOMU Sand Worm Giga Worm ABISUUOUMU Abyss Worm Big Eye Oo Medama Big Eye Gazer GEIZAA Gazer Watcher UOCHYA Watcher Evil Eye IIBURUAI Evil Eye Beholder BIHOORUDAA Beholder Spider Ashinagagumo Orb Weaver P-Spider Doku Gumo Poison SPider Tarantla TARANCHURA Tarantula F-Spider Gyuuki Gyuuki [mons7] Arachne ARAKUNI Arachne Beetle Oo Kabutomushi Big Beetle Chafer Koganemushi Scarab Beetle Antlion ARI Jigoku Antlion C-Fisher Makai KUWAGATA Demonworld Stag Beetle Scarab SUKARABE Scarab Moth Dokuga Poison Moth Swallow Kyuuketsu Ogheha Bloodsucking Swallowtail FireMoth FAIAMOSU Fire Moth Gloom Meikai no Chou Hades Butterfly Madame MADAMUBATAFURAI Madame Butterfly [mons8] Octupus Odori TAKO Dancing Octopus Amoeba Amefurashi Sea Hare Ammonite ANMONAITSU Ammonite Squid Daiou IKA Great King Squid Kraken KURAAKEN Kraken Barracud BARAKUUDA Barracuda Piranha PIRANIA Piranha Shark HANMAAHEDDO Hammerhead Gunfish GANFISSHU Gunfish Leviathn RIBAIASAN Leviathan Crab Yashi GANI Coconut Crab Hermit Yadokarin Hermit Crab Ice Crab AISUROBUSUTAA Ice Lobster KingCrab KINGUKURABU King Crab Dagon DAGON Dagon [mons9] Toad Gama Toad P-Toad Doku Gaeru Poison Frog Hugetoad Shiroku no Gama Black & White Toad [mons10] GianToad CHINWASEN Qing Wa Shen [mons11] KingToad HEKATO Hequet [mons12] Snake Aodaishou Japanese Rat Snake Serpent SAIDOWAINDA Sidewinder Anaconda Orochi Orochi [mons13] Hydra HIDORA Hydra Jorgandr YORUMUNGANDARU Jormungander [mons14] Tortoise Kame Turtle Turtle RANDOTAATORU Land Turtle Adamant ADAMANTAIMAI Adamant Shell D-Turtle DORAGONTAATORU Dragon Turtle Gen-Bu Genbu Genbu [mons15] Lizard Sanshouuo Salamander Cameleon KAMEREON Chameleon Komodo KOMODODORAGON Komodo Dragon Salamand SARAMANDAA Salamander Basilisk BASHIRISUKU Basilisk Rhino RAINOSAURUSU Rhinoceros Triceras TORAIKERATOPUSU Triceratops Dinosaur SUTEGOSAURUSU Stegosaurus T Rex TIRANOSAURUSU Tyrannosaurus Behemoth BEHIIMOSU Behemoth Baby-D BEBIIDORAGON Baby Dragon Young-D DORAGONKIDDO Dragon Kid Dragon YANGUDORAGON Young Dragon Great-D GUREETODORAGON Great Dragon Sei-Ryu Seiryuu Seiryuu [mons15] Babywyrm RAMUFORINKUSU Ramphoryncus [mons16] WyrmKid PUTERANODON Pteranodon Wyvern WAIBAAN Wyvern Wyrm UIRUMU Wyrm FengLung FENRUN Feng Lung [mons17] Eagle DAIBUIIGURU Dive Eagle Thunder SANDAABAADO Thunder Bird Cocatris KOKATORISU Cockatrice Roc ROKKU Chou Roc Su-Zaku Suzaku Suzaku [mons15] Raven REIBUN Raven Harpy HAAPII Harpy Ten-Gu Karasu Tengu Karasu Tengu [mons18] Garuda GARUUDA Garuda Nike NIKE Nike Jaguar JAGAA Jaguar SaberCat SAABERUTAIGAA Saber Tiger SnowCat SUNOOKATTO Snow Cat BlackCat Kuro Neko Black Cat Byak-Ko Byakko Byakko [mons15] Silver SHIRUBAA Silver Kelpie AHA ISHUKE Each Uisge [mons19] Nitemare NAITOMEA Nightmare Sleipnir SUREIPUNIRU Sleipnir Unicorn YUNIKOON Unicorn Griffon GURIFON Griffin Mantcore MANTIKOA Manticore Chimera KIMERA Chimera Sphinx SUFINKUSU Sphinx Kirin Kirin Kirin Fly HAE Otoko Fly Man Hornet HACHI Onna Bee Woman Mosquito MOSUKIITO Mosquito Cicada SEMI Ningen Human Cicada Mantis MANTISKINGU Mantis King Wererat Nezumi Otoko Rat Man Werewolf WEAUORUFU Werewolf Catwoman NEKO Musume Cat Girl Rakshasa RAKUSHAASA Rakshasa Anubis ANUBISU Anubis Medusa MEDUUSA Medusa Lamia RAMIA Lamia Naga NAAGA Naga Scylla SUKIRAA Scylla Lilith MARIRISU Marilith Goblin GOBURIN Goblin Oni Oni Oni Ogre OOGA Ogre Giant Kyojin Giant Susano-O Susanoo Susanoo [mons20] Fiend Koakuma Little Devil Mephisto Akuma Devil Demon Daiakuma Great Devil Demoload DEMONROODO Demon Lord Athtalot ASUTAROOTO Astaroth Sprite SUPURAITO Sprite Fairy FEARII Faery Nymph NINFU Nymph Sylph SHIRUFU Sylph Titania TAITANIA Titania Skeleton Gaikotsu Skeleton Red Bone REDDOBOON Red Bone Warrior Gaikotsu Senshi Skeleton Soldier BoneKing DESUNAITO Death Knight Lich RICCHI Lich Zombie ZONBI Zombie Ghoul GUURU Ghoul Ghast GASUTO Ghast Wight WAITO Wight Revnant REBUNANTO Revenant O-Bake Obake Spirit/Ghost Phantom FANTOMU Phantom Wraith REISU Wraith Spector SUPEKUTAA Specter Ghost GOOSUTO Ghost Asigaru Ashigaru Ashigaru [mons21] Samurai Samurai Samurai Ninja Ninja Ninja Musashi Musashi Musashi [mons22] Hatamoto Tenchuu Gumi Heaven's Wrath Gang Gang Goutou Robber Wh. Belt Karateka Karateka Killer Satsujinki Killer Bl. Belt Tsukumo Tsukumo [mons23] TianLung TIENRUN Tien Lung [mons24] Trooper GAADO Guard Guard NAITO Knight Knight PARADIN Paladin Paladin ZIIKUFURIITO Siegfried Fenrir FENRISUUORUFU Fenris Wolf Terorist TERORISUTO Terrorist Mercenar Youhei Mercenary Commando KOMANDOO Commando SS Shinetai Bodyguard Echigoya Echigoya Echigoya Conjurer Majutsu Minarai Magic Apprentice Magician Majutsushi Magician Sorcerer Madoushi Wizard Wizard GANDARUFU Gandalf ROBO-28 28 Gou Number 28 ROBO-Z ZETTO Zed Ridean RAIDEN Raiden G-7 JIISEBUN G-7 Dunatis Yama no Kami Mountain God MechBug BIITORU Beetle Hawk SHUPIIGERU Spiegel Falcon HOOKU Hawk Intercept INTAASEPUTAA Interceptor Plasma Hakkekkyuu White Blood Cell Phagocygt MAKUROFAAJI Macrophage Corpuscl KYANSAASERU Cancer Cell Cancer Hitokui AMEEBA Flesh-Eating Ameba Grippe HONKON Biigata Hong Kong Type B [mons25] Virus Naze no Byouki Mystery Disease Pathogen Kyodai UIRUSU Huge Virus Plague SAIBAAUIRUSU Cyber Virus Haniwa Haniwa Haniwa [mons26] Dolphin Shachihoko Shachihoko [mons27] OdinCrow OODIN Karasu Odin Crow [mons28] Warmach DESUMASHIIN Death Machine Ashura ASHURA Ashura Venus BIINASU Venus Sho-Gun Shogun Shogun Magnate Oogosho Magnate Odin OODIN Odin Minion APORON no Shimobe Servant of Apollo Apollo APORON Apollo [mons28] Arsenal Bouei SHISTEMU Defense System [mons1]: Each of the mushroom-type enemies are named after various varieties of Japanese mushroom in the Japanese version. I won't bore you with the specifics, you can look up images if you're curious. [mons2]: Jinmenka is a fruit with a human face. [mons3]: Joumonsugi is a giant, millenias-old tree on the Japanese island of Yakushima. [mons4]: Daimajin is a golem-like living statue from Kimiyoshi Yasuda's "Daimajin" movie trilogy. [mons5]: The sword-type enemies are all named after legendary swords from mythology/literature: -Hofud: Sword of Heimdal (Norse) -Durandal: Sword of Roland (Song of Roland) -Gae Bolg: Spear of Cuchulainn (Celtic) -Caladbolg: Sword of Fergus Mac Roich (Celtic) -Answerer: Aka Fragarach, sword of Manannan Mac Lir (Irish) -Mourn Blade: Yrkoon's demonic sword, counterpart of Storm Bringer (Michael Moorcock's books) -Kusanagi: One of Japan's Imperial Treasures, a sword found in the fourth tail of Yamata no Orochi when it was slain by Susanoo. -Storm Bring: Aka Storm Bringer, a demon in the form of a huge black sword. Wielded by Elric of Melnibone. (Michael Moorcock's books) [mons6]: Tororo is a dish of pureed yams. [mons7]: Gyuuki is a Japanese demon sometimes depicted as having the body of a spider. [mons8]: A reference to the opera by Giacamo Puccini. [mons9]: One interpretation of the Semitic god Dagon portrays him as a fish god, partly because of the Hebrew word "dag", which means "fish". [mons10]: A particular type of Japanese toad with four toes on its front feet and six on its back feet. [Credit: Pokeeiyu] [mons11]: Qing Wa Shen is "Frog God" in Chinese. [mons12]: Hequet is a frog-headed goddess of fertility in Egyptian mythology. [mons13]: Or Yamato no Orochi, an eight-headed serpent of Japanese myth, slain by Susanoo. [mons14]: Jormundander, aka Midgardsormr, is a gigantic serpent that coils the world. He is a son of Loki. [mons15]: These four monsters are a reference to the Ssu-Ling of Chinese astrology. -Genbu: The Black Tortise, represents North/Water/Winter -Seiryuu: The Azure Dragon, represents East/Wood/Spring -Byakko: The White Tiger, represents West/Metal/Autumn -Suzaku: The Vermillion Bird, represents South/Fire/Summer [mons16]: A ramphoryncus is a prehistoric creature similar to a pterodactyl with a spade-shaped tail. [mons17]: Feng Lung means "Wind Dragon" in Chinese. [mons18]: Karasu (Crow) Tengu specifically refers to the bird-like variety of Tengu, as they are portrayed in a variety of different forms. [mons19]: Both Kelpie and Each Uisge are "water horses" from Celtic myth. Basically, they trick people into climbing onto them; the victim sticks to the horse's back and drowns when it runs into a river or lake. [mons20]: Susanoo is the hot-blooded brother of Amaterasu, and the slayer of the eight-headed serpent, Yamata no Orochi. [mons21]: Ashigaru were the Shogun's personal army in Japan's Muromachi period. [mons22]: Miyamoto Musashi was a famed Japanese swordsman. [mons23]: Tsukumo is the only references I'm not sure about. Pokeeiyuu suggests it might mean "many wins". [mons24]: Tien Lung means "Heavenly Dragon" in Chinese. [mons25]: Grippe means flu in Spanish/German. Hong Kong Type B is a particular strain of influenza. [mons26]: Haniwa are clay figures often placed on tombs in Japan's Kofun period. Cactuars from the Final Fantasy series are also modeled after haniwa. [mons27]: Shachihoko are mythical Japanese creatures with the head of a tiger and the body of a carp, featured on the tops of many temples and castles in the hope that they will bring rain. [mons28]: For the record, Odin's two crows are named Huugin (Thought) and Muugin (Memory). [mons29]: Although APORON is the Japanese spelling of the Greco-Roman god Apollo, it's been suggested that it may refer to the fallen angel Apollyon. i. Monster/Esper Skills FFL2 SaGa2 Trans ---- ----- ------ Tusk Kiba Fang/Tusk Nail Tsume claw/Nail Bash Taiatari Body Blow/Ramming Tongue Shita Tongue Punch PANCHI Punch Kick KIKKU Kick Horn Tsuno Horn Thorn Ibara Thorn Sword Tsurugi Sword Head Zutsuki Heabutt Tail Shippo Tail Pincer HASAMI Pincer Fin Hire Fin Tentacl Shokusu Tentacle W-Pincer 2tsu no Hasami Double Pincer W-Attack 2kai Kougeki Double Attack 4-Heads 4tsu no Kubi 4 Heads 8-Legs Shokushu8 8 Tentacles Touch DOREINTACCHI Drain Touch Saw Nokogiri Saw Dissolve Tokasu Dissolve/Melt Absorb Chiwosuu Bloodsuck Cure KEARU Cure Defense Bougyo Defense Shell Kamegoura Shell Shell Kara ni Hairu Retract into Shell Mirror SAIKOMIRAA Psycho Mirror Counter KAUNTAA Counter Burning Sawaru to Yakedo Touch and Burn 2-Swords 2touryuu 2 Sword Style 2-Tusks 2hon no Kiba 2 Fangs 3-Heads 3tsu no Atama 3 Heads 3-Horns 3bon no Tsuno 3 Horns 6-Arms 6pon no Ude 6 Punch Arms Critical KURITIKARU Critical Axe ONO Axe Honey Mitsu Honey Heal Kaifukurinpun Recovery Scales Life Potion Seimei no Shizuku Life Drop (of water) W-Kick DABURUKIKKU Double Kick ParaNail MAHI Tsume Paralysis Claw WindUp Katamitsuku Coil Around Tie Up Makitsuku Entwine Breath Hanaiki Nose Breath Poison Dokubari Stinger Poison Doku no Kiba Poison Fang P-Skin Sawaru to Doku Touch and Poison ParaSkin Sawaru to Sekika Touch and Stone Thunder SANDAA Thunder Fire FAIA Fire Flame Honoo Flame Gas Dokugiri Poison Mist Blizzard Reiki Cold air Lightning Inadzuma Lightning Beam Hakai Kousen Destruction Beam P-Blast SAIKOBURASUTO Psycho Blast Dispel Joubutsu Rest in Peace D-Beam Sastujin BIIMU Killer Beam Heat Netsu Fever ComVirus SHISUTEMU Hakai System Destruction Squirt Mizudeppou Squirt Gun SunBurst SANBAASUTO Sunburst SleepGas Nemuri no Kona Sleep Powder Sleep SURIPURU Sleepel StonGaze Sekika Nirami Stone Gaze Stone BUREIKU Break StoneGas Sekika GASU Stone Gas FatalGas DESU no Kona Death Powder X-Gaze DESU Nirami Death Gaze Erase DESU Death Blind Metsubushi Blinder [skil1] Flash FURASSHUAI Flash Eye Ink Sumi Ink Poison Doku no Kona Poison Powder Gaze Noroi no Me Curse Eye Charm Yuuwaku Temptation/Seduction Hypnosis HYUPUNOSHISU Hypnosis Sand Sunajigoku Sand Hell Cobweb Kumo Ito Spider Thread Blitz Dengeki Electric Shock Drain Chikawa wo Ubau Power Snatch Stench Akushuu Stench Mirror Kagebunshin Kagebunshin [skil2] Tornado Tatsumaki Tornado Quake Jishin Quake Whirl Uzushio Whirling Tides Flare FUREA Flare Steal Nusumu Steal Explode Jibaku Explode/Self-Destruct Acid Sanseiu Acid Rain Riddle Nazonazo Riddle CursSong Noroi no Uta Curse Song MadSong Yuuwaku no Uta Seduction Song Surprise Fuiuchi Surprise Attack Warning Keikai Vigilance Multiply Zoushoku Multiply Teleport TEREPOOTO Teleport Heal Chiryou Medical Treatment Poison Dokuso Toxin Smasher! MEGASUMASSHU Mega Smash Smasher! SUTAASUMASHHIA Star Smasher [skil1]: I.e., something like sand thrown in the opponent's eyes to blind them. [skil2]: Lit. "Shadow Double", a ninja technique of creating copies of onesself. j. Jukebox Tracks Note: The Japanese version's song names are the same as the ones used on the "All Sounds of SaGa" soundtrack. FFL2 SaGa 2 Trans ---- ------ ------ Burning Blood Moeru Chishio Burning Blood Eat the Meat! IITO ZA MIITO Eat the Meat Watch Out! Aa!! Ah!! Let it Begin Densetsu ha Hajimaru The Legend Begins Another World Ten no Hashira Pillar of Sky Wandering Shadow Samayoeru Tamashii Wandering Spirit Aspiration Atarashikikami no TEMA Theme of the New God Heroic Tune Yuusha no TEMA Hero Theme Mother Earth Yasuragi no Daichi Peaceful Earth Don't Give up! NEBAA GIBUAPPU Never Give Up The Legacy Hihou wa Motomete Searching for the Secret Treasure Mysterious Thing Hihou no Naze Mystery of the Secret Treasure Deep in the Dark Yami no Hazamade Valley of Darkness Heartful Tears Namida wa Fuite Dry Those Tears Critical Hit!! Hissatsu no Ichigeki Lethal Strike Dreadful Fight Shitou no Hateni To the End of the Battle to the Death Save the World SEIBU ZA WOORUDO Save the World V. Closing Remarks -------------------- I hope you've enjoyed this FAQ. The SaGa series unfortunately does not get the attention it deserves, but it has a small cult following that might find this information interesting. As I said before, any help on the translations marked with an asterik (*) would be greatly appreciated. I encourage you to spread this data around; you can reproduce it anywhere you want as long as I am credited. Some links I found incredibly useful: http://www.solon.org/cgi-bin/j-e/ Jeffrey's Japanese-English Dictionary Server: This is the best Japanese translation site I've come across on the web so far. I could not have done these translations without it. http://xb_lim.at.infoseek.co.jp/ Pledge of Bahamut: A Japanese site providing a side-by-side comparison of SaGa 2 and FFL2, for Japanese players who are curious about the English version. Its listings of the Japanese names made my job infinitely easier. There are also comparisons for the other two Gameboy SaGas and Seiken Densetsu/Final Fantasy Adventure. I may do similar translation FAQs for those games in good time. Thanks go to the FFL2 board on Gamefaqs, who provided much-appreciated input and support. Questions? Comments? Contributions? E-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------------------------------------------------- SaGa 2, Final Fantasy Legend II, and all related names are copyright 1990/1991 Squaresoft. This document is copyright 2004 Frank Force, aka Gouki of Borg.